Motorola TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio Review

By Justin Stakes

Motorola TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio Review
Motorola TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio
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United States -(Ammoland.com)- Motorola’s latest consumer TALKABOUT Two-Way Radio is packed full of features in a resilient, lightweight body.

The all-new Motorola TALKABOUT T465 two-way radio was designed with hunters in mind, allowing them to communicate wirelessly without having to worry about the bother and nuisance of bulky cords. The T465 comes in a rugged green design for outdoor use, an excellent walkie-talkie for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, emergency situations and canoeing.

While not included, the TALKABOUT T465 two-way radio can be paired with either a Bluetooth compatible headset as well as a wireless Bluetooth PTT button for a completely hands-free setup.

The T465’s iVOX feature acts as a speakerphone, allowing for hands-free communication to keep you moving without the use of a headset. The radio features an integrated LED light for use during emergency situations, 11 NOAA weather radio channels with constant weather updates that have been correct nearly every time I’ve used the feature, and 22 channels with 121 privacy codes each for a total of 2,662 combinations.

The Motorola TALKABOUT T465 features superior sound quality as well as enhanced battery life capabilities, creating a powerful communication device for the most serious outdoor and hunting enthusiasts. Hunters will particularly enjoy the “VibraCall” feature which functions as a silent alert system that vibrates when you receive incoming calls and messages.

Carrying Case included with Motorola's TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio
Carrying Case included with Motorola's TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio

Boasting an optimal range of operation of up to 35 miles in the valley and mountains, the T465 two-way radio caters to outdoor and recreational use. My tests concluded with a minimum distance of 1 mile, up to 1.5 miles while using the power boost in the suburbs. While in the mountains the T465 ranged from a minimum distance of 15 miles and a maximum of 28 miles with the power boost feature. Of course the actual range a user will get will depend on the terrain, weather conditions and obstructions in the surrounding area.

Motorola’s T465 two-way radios were designed with extended battery life capabilities that serious hunters and outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate. The T465 even features dual power capabilities, simply place in 3 standard AA batteries and the radios are up and operating, for up to 13 hours.

Additionally, the radios provide the convenience of flexible charging options as they can be charged on a pc or laptop via the mini-USB PC cable, the high-efficiency wall adapter, or with standard AA alkaline batteries. The T465 radio are even compatible with rechargeable NiMH AA batteries such as the Duracell Duralock rechargeable batteries that I used during the review process.

Motorola TALKABOUT T465 Two-Way Radio Key Features:

  • Ultimate Privacy – The TALKABOUT T465 has a full 22-frequency capacity (22 individual channels) with 121 privacy codes to reduce any unwanted intermissions. That makes for a total of 2,662 combinations!
  • Dual Power – Works with both AA alkaline batteries and NiMH rechargeable batteries. A really useful feature when it comes to hunting in the field or camping in the great outdoors with no power outlets in sight.
  • Built-in Flashlight – (Emergency LED Light Source) Use during evening hours or unexpected situations such as power outages.
  • NOAA Weather Radio – Allows the user to receive up-to-date weather reports, keeping them informed of changing weather patterns. Channels provide emergency alerts for everything from amber alerts, emergency evacuations, flash floods, stark thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter storms. An excellent tool for both recreationalists and hunters alike.
  • Emergency Alert Button – Allows the user to send out distress signals.
  • Quiet Talk (QT) – Known as “QT,” Motorola’s Quiet Talk feature allows communication between the T465 and any other compatible Motorola products while filtering any unwanted interruptions.
  • iVOX/VOX – Allows the user hands-free operation with or without the use of accessories.
  • VibraCall – When an incoming call may be intrusive, VibraCall acts as a silent vibrating ringer sending out a vibration instead of a ring tone.
  • Push-to-Talk (PTT) Power Boost – When activated, the PTT Power Boost will extend the overall range of transmissions by increasing the power output.
  • Call Tones – There’s a total of 20 call tones to choose from. Users can customize the call tone being heard by the people calling them.
  • Eco Smart Design Designed to meet CEC standards for low energy consumption. The high-efficiency wall adapter consumes less power during idle conditions (consumes ½ a watt of power while idle).

Motorola TALKABOUT T465 Two-Way Radio Additional Features:

  • Scan – The Advanced Priority Scan allows users to scan all channels to see which are currently in use.
  • Low Battery Alert – Reminds you when the batteries are low and need to be recharged or replaced.
  • Battery Meter – LCD battery meter.
Carrying Case included with Motorola's TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio
Carrying Case included with Motorola's TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio

Newly released and available now, the Motorola TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio has an MSRP of $104.99. The entire kit includes two T465 radios, two belt clips, two high-capacity 1300 mAH NiMH rechargeable battery packs, one micro-USB wall charging cable, two earbuds with PTT microphone, a convenient carry case, a user guide and accessory sheet.

With the emergency alert button, built-in LED flashlight and NOAA weather alert channels, the Motorola TALKABOUT T465 radios provide a total emergency preparedness communication solution for both hunters and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Shop for the Motorola TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio on Amazon at: http://tinyurl.com/q3a5war.

For more information on Motorola Solutions USA, please visit www.MotorolaSolutions.com/Talkabout.

Article by Justin Stakes
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Justin Stakes is a Photographer and Journalist dealing with a variety of different subjects that interest and inspire his love for the great outdoors and more. Justin is an avid outdoor enthusiast and geek with a photographic style that is a mixture of photojournalism and fine art. He has won 3 Photo Show Competitions throughout his education and has even been exhibited in the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • 2 thoughts on “Motorola TALKABOUT T465 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio Review

    1. Lots of bells and whistles and they are still only 1/5 watt UHF FRS radios…. And for $105! Really?

      A far better deal, with superior performance is a good used pair of Kenwood TK-250 VHF radios from Ebay… I paid $40 for each radi with new battery. Most sellers will program them for the MURS VHF frequencies which are license free and you can transmit up to 2 watts. Or you can buy commercial grade Kenwood ProTalk radios already to go on MURS VHF channels. Yes they cost more than the Motorola FRS radios but they have better raw performance.

      Differences between UHF FRS and VHF MURS in the fields and woods…
      UHF frequencies (460 mhz) are much more line of sight. They are highly absorbed by foliage (leaf attenuation). FRS radios are limited to 0.5 watts and most only transmit 0.3 watts. FRS radios are limited to narrow band modulation only. This all equals short range communications.
      VHF frequencies (150 mhz) are lower frequencies then UHF. Because of this they have a tendency to bend around objects and are far less subject to absorbtion. MURS radio can be operated license free and transmit 2.0 watts. 4 x more RF power than FRS radios. MURS radios have narrow band and wide band channels available. This equates to long range communications in the field. In addition to this you can use an external gain antenna on MURS portable radios or even a mobile or base station with gain antenna as long as your max RF does not exceed 2 watts and you stay on the MURS channels. This creates a far superior communications system with more raw performance… The bells and whistles are nice but if you can’t talk to the other station than what good is it.

      BTW, I don’t sell radios.

      1. “While not included, the TALKABOUT T465 two-way radio can be paired with either a Bluetooth compatible headset as well as a wireless Bluetooth PTT button for a completely hands-free setup.”

        in the instructions manual, there is nothing regarding Bluetooth .. how come?

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